I was lucky enough to do a leisurely lunch on a Friday with Wicca, so we decided to check out Nicli’s Next Door after wanting to for the longest time. We had some great meatballs and pasta, followed by dessert at Crackle Creme. Not quite a #datenight, more of a #lunchdate 😉
We do weird things, like have dessert for lunch. We finally checked out the Kingsway (near Boundary) location of Icy Bar after seeing it burn up Instagram for the last year. I’m not too into desserts so I let Wicca choose and it made me happy to make her happy.
I was recommended by longtime local internet foodie LotusRapper from the Chowhound forum to check out Pizza Garden (PG), to compare with my experience with Straight Outta Brooklyn (SOB). So I picked the worst lunchtime out of the week to head out of the office to try them out! There were thunderstorms plus even a bit of hail, but that didn’t stop me from having a slice at PG then another slice immediately afterwards at SOB to compare…THEN an ice cream-in-a-fried-bun-thing at Japadog 😛
After shaking off the emotional crap from the previous night, we headed out and did an epic day:
- Quan Ngon Nha Trang (San Gabriel)
- Fugetsu-do Sweet Shop (Little Tokyo)
- Far Bar (Little Tokyo)
- Angel City Brewery (Little Tokyo/DTLA)
- Wurstkuche (Little Tokyo/DTLA)
- Pie Hole (Little Tokyo/DTLA)
- Pizzanista (Arts District)
So in this one day, we were able to pack in Vietnamese noodles, Japanese sweets, German sausages with Belgian fries, American pie, and New York(ish) pizza. We could’ve easily added in Mexican food (of which there are a ton of regional styles available in LA) but surprisingly we didn’t have a drop of during our entire trip because we just couldn’t fit it in.
Bit too much beer the night before, so we started out a bit lighter on this day then ramped it up 😉
- Yung Ho (San Gabriel)
- Bhan Kanom Thai (Thaitown)
- Father’s Office (Santa Monica)
Hi, Wicca here! You may have heard that I’m a dessert fanatic with a discriminating palate (as in “I want the world”), particularly when it comes to Asian flavours. Guilty as charged…
I was both excited and nervous about trying the newest Thai restaurant on Commercial Drive, Kin Kao. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I have the highest regard for Longtail Kitchen in New West. But Kin Kao is closer to my house and also has good beer…it feels I’m being unfaithful to my spouse. Are the menus different enough so that I can frequent both places? Do I have anything to worry about? Do I need to make sure I don’t have glitter all over my clothes when I get home?
This is second of three collaboration (#BCBeerBloggers) posts about local Winter seasonal beers. Other participating blogs include:
West Coast Beer Geek – A beer geeks perspective on craft beer, beer events, beer pairings and more.
Mike’s Craft Beer – Not for the weak of taste buds. Lots of great beer reviews, brewery reviews and events on this site.
Dennis the Foodie – Weaving a personal story of food and beer in Vancouver, BC. Very thorough food reviews, great photos and beer pairings. Hey, that’s me!
Western Suds – An Alberta craft beer blog written by a craft beer enthusiast and ambassador for the growing Alberta craft beer scene.
Beer Rater – A beer guide without all the fluff, just some straight forward drinking advice.
If you love local beer, check these guys out! For this blog, I’m doing a food-based take on Winter seasonal beers by pairing them up with some specific food.
Back in university, Cheesecake Etc. was THE place to go for dessert, coffee and to just hang out. (Well, Bread Garden was also huge around the same time too… :/ ) After our satisfying dinner at Kalvin’s Szechuan, we felt like doing one more thing before calling it a night so we went to Cheesecake Etc. to satisfy Yosef’s insatiable sweet tooth.
I’m blessed (or maybe cursed) with working downtown, so I get to try a lot of the big-name food carts. Tacofino have always been a pretty solid choice for fish tacos. Their commissary/restaurant has been open for a couple years but I haven’t had a chance to try it until now. So glad I did.